Processing at Rhizome: Tiny Sketches, Constraints, Casey and Ben on their Creation

Speaking of Processing, Rhizome at The New Museum (based here in New York) has an interview with Casey Reas and Ben Fry, the creators of Processing, authored by Dan Shiffman, my dissertation mentor and a major contributor himself to the community. My favorite answer comes from Casey Reas. It’s fashionable to talk about how constrains can fuel work, but Casey actually has a unique twist on this idea that really resonates with me: I don’t intentionally constrain my work, but I always feel constrained by the limits of my mind. This is one reason I write software, to remove some …

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Rhizome Round-Up of iPhone Art

Reflect by Joshua Davis – separate post on this coming, Joshua! When the iPhone was first unveiled, many of us hoped that was was effectively a palm-sized Mac could be used with some of the same freedom that a computer could, that its screen could be used for pocketable art. That transformation has unquestionably come to pass. The iPhone hardware itself isn’t actually all the different from a lot of other smart phones, but Apple has made access to audio and graphics systems easier than on many other devices. Case in point: the Android platform from Google works with OpenGL …

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Remembering Nam Jun Paik, TVs, and Some Serious Cybernetics; NYC Chelsea Gallery Show

Photo (CC) Becky Stern, also of MAKE / Craft. Calling Nam Jun Paik a video art pioneer would be too narrow to describe his impact. In exploding the idea of what television and television processing could be in his art, he helped create a conceptual revolution that cleared the path for today’s ubiquitous and always-dynamic screens. But to really understand that work, you might want to delve into the theory of cybernetics, for the same reasons that can help understand early, radical electronic music and the path we’re on today. Rhizome has a lovely essay by Carolyn Kane, framed by …

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